This story takes place in the Star Wars fictional universe shortly after the establishment of a tenuous peace between the re-emergent Sith Empire and the Galactic Republic, 300 years after the events of the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic games, and more than 3,500 years before the events in the Star Wars films. The Jedi are held responsible for the success of the Sith during the devastating 28-year-long Great Galactic War (which led to the Treaty of Coruscant prior to the “cold war”), and thus choose to relocate from Coruscant to Tython, where the Jedi Order had initially been founded, to seek guidance from the Force. The Sith control Korriban, where they have re-established a Sith Academy. The game’s “Return” cinematic trailer depicts the events where Korriban is re-conquered by the Sith. During these events, a smuggler named Nico Okarr is being led to his prison cell in a jail orbiting Korriban by a Jedi, Satele Shan, and her master, Kao Cen Darach. Suddenly, a Sith named Darth Malgus, who serves as the main antagonist, and his master Vindican, along with several Sith troops, attack the base. Satele, a trooper named Jace Malcom, and Okarr escape the attack, but Darach is cut down by Malgus. Malgus then kills Vindican, who was wounded by Darach. 10 years later, new conflicts have arisen. In the “Hope” cinematic trailer, Satele and some troops destroy a Sith party that includes Malgus, and Malcom, who has become the troop’s commander, states that, despite the losses, there is still hope amongst even “a single spark of courage”. Later in the “Deceived” cinematic trailer, however, Malgus, having appeared to survived the earlier attack albeit with a mask covering his nose and mouth, leads an army of Sith into the Jedi temple at Coruscant, killing many Jedi including the Jedi Grand Master Ven Zallow. Satele is later named the Grand Master.
The “Character Name Renewal” program will take place in November and, according to a newsletter from BioWare, will “offer [players] the benefit of more character names” to choose from in the future. “We are currently in the process of identifying accounts that have been inactive for prolonged periods,” said BioWare. “If those accounts do not login to each of the potentially impacted characters within the required timeframe the attached Character names will be released back into the general pool.”
The Renewal program will have no effect on Subscribers or characters that are in active play. “[Subscribers] will keep [their] names throughout this process and benefit from the increased options released back into the pool post program,” said BioWare.